The Betrayal of the Negro, from Rutherford B. Hayes to Woodrow Wilson

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Da Capo Press, 1965 - History - 447 pages
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Between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 (when Hayes sacrificed African-American freedom in exchange for the White House) and the end of World War I in 1918, African Americans experienced their nadir. North and South colluded in gutting the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, depriving African Americans of their rights, and denying them equal education and a living wage. The Betrayal of the Negro (originally published as The Negro in American Life and Thought: The Nadir, 1877-1901 and subsequently expanded) is the only full-scale account to document with encyclopedic research this neglected period in American history. The author examines every aspect of our country's post-Reconstruction retreat from equality: the economic factors, the Supreme Court decision, Booker T. Washington and his "Era of Compromise, " and, in a unique and disturbing survey, the racist caricatures that dominated the most liberal newspapers and magazines of the day. Dispassionate and insightful, Logan unfolds a narrative of national betrayal as harrowing as it is heartbreaking.
 

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Contents

The Problem
3
The Let Alone Policy of Hayes
12
Dead Center Under Cleveland
37
The Reopening Under Harrison
52
The Nadir Under McKinley
79
The Supreme Court and the Negro
97
The Economic Roots
117
The Economic Roots
140
The Color Line
215
The Negro as Portrayed
239
The Atlanta Compromise
275
The Roots of Recovery
314
A Low Rugged Plateau
343
A Shore Dimly Seen
361
The Negro as Portrayed
373
Conclusion
397

National Issues
170
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A Harvard graduate, historian, author, and activist, Rayford W. Logan (18971982) chaired the Department of History at Howard University, edited the Journal of Negro History, and was one of the pioneering members of the civil rights movement.

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